Above: Downtown Tampa, Florida, at sunset

Located near the middle of Florida’s Gulf Coast, the twin cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg constitute one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States, with a combined population of close to 3 million. The area is drawing an ever-increasing number of visitors, too, with its rich cultural life, excellent restaurants and fine climate. However, the two cities have very different personalities due to their respective histories.

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Above: Downtown Tampa, Florida, at sunset

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